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Palimpsest, by Wenhua Shi

Blog post written by Lucy Yang, Journalism and Politics ’14, FLEFF Blogger, Puyang, Henan, China

Professor Wenhua Shi is an installation artist, a filmmaker, and currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Digital Art at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY.

This will be his second year coming to FLEFF as part of the Upstate Filmmakers Showcase. Before moving to Upstate New York, Shi taught Media Productions at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. This year, Shi is bringing us with the first chapter from his video installation project, Palimpsest.

Palimpsest is a series of segmental videos. The five chapters record different cities such as Berlin, Beijing, and New York City. This project was displayed and screened at the 2013 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism in Shenzhen, China.

The chapter he’s going to show us this year at FLEFF is about monuments and architectural icons in Berlin. The complicate and delicate relationship and the physical border between Hong Kong and mainland China reminded Shi of the Berlin Wall between the East and West Berlin post WWII.

“It doesn’t really have a storyline. It’s not a documentary. It’s somewhat personal; it’s first person cinema,” Shi said.

Shi’s parents studied abroad in Germany in the early 80s when he was little. As a kid, he heard stories about the Berlin Wall from his parents. This has made him having a special complex about the project.

The Upstate Filmmakers Showcase will be on Sunday, April 6, at 7:00 p.m. Shi will also moderate the screening of two Chinese films together with Kevin Lee from dGenerate Films on Saturday at 7:20 p.m.



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